Tuesday, April 2, 2019
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Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the 2019 Cohen New Works Festival. Featuring over 30 new works across multiple disciplines, The Cohen New Works Festival continues to represent the spirit of creativity, innovation and community. 

Tickets will be available for reservations beginning Friday, April 5 at 12:00PM and will conclude Friday, April 12 at midnight. After the reservation window has closed, any further ticket requests will be walk up only. 

Below are the 2019 works presented by Butler School composers:

39 Inside

Music, Dance, Video
Project Lead: Jose Martinez
Location: Oscar G. Brockett Theatre 

Performance Dates
April 16 at 9:00 p.m.
April 17 at 5:30 p.m.
April 18 at 7:00 p.m. 

Many of us arrive by plane, some by car, others cross the river and jump in the back of a semi- trailer to pursue their dream. Based on a true story that happened during the summer of 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, this multimedia and dance collaboration tells one out of many stories about undocumented migration on the Southern border.

Running Time: 35 minutes
Contains mature content

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Good Country

Music, Opera
Project Leads: Keith Allegretti and Cecelia Raker
Location: Lab Theatre 

Performance Dates
April 15 at 4:00 p.m. 
April 16 at 5:30 p.m. 

Good Country​ is an opera based on the historical account Charley Parkhurst, a famous trans man in the California Gold Rush. Performed by opera singer and trans activist Holden Madagame, this performance brings together music, drama, history and colorful Western slang in an evening of saloon revelry, followed by tense conflict and revealed secrets.

Running Time: 60 minutes
Contains mature content including scenes of violence, abuse, abortion and homophobia. 

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In Light

Music, Opera
Project Lead: Michael Zapruder
Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre 

Performance Dates
April 18 at 7:00 p.m. 
April 19 at 2:00 p.m. 

In Light​ is an opera and light show that explores the disconnection between perception and reality, between human consciousness and physical light. Composed for soprano, flute, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion and electronics, this production uses projections and architectural instruments of light to tell the story of what might happen if one of us suddenly evolved a quantum-accurate sense of light.

Running Time: 50 minutes 
Contains mature content including scenes of abduction and mental illness. 

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Surviving Gombert

Choral Cantata
Project Lead: Alexander Johnson
Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre

Performance Dates
April 15-16 at 8:00 p.m. 

When a renowned artist is accused of committing an unforgivable act, what is to become of their body of work? Can you separate the art from the artist? This choral cantata explores these questions by focusing on the documented abuse by 16th century composer, Nicolas Gombert, whose musical legacy will forever bear the mark of his crime.

Running Time: 40 minutes 
Contains mature content including scenes of sexual assault and child abuse. 

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XOR

Music, Opera
Project Leads: Christian Clark, Jessy Eubanks, Brian Ellis
Location: Lab Theatre 

Performance Dates
April 15 at 10:00 a.m.
April 16, 18 at 2:00 p.m. 

XOR​ (“ex-or”) is a chamber opera incorporating ​computer-generated, Shakespearian-style text and live electronics in an epic science fiction melodrama. A love triangle, death and artificial-intelligence are center stage as audiences explore the impact of humanity’s imperfection on machines.

Running Time: 90 minutes 

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